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    thore is offline Junior Member
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    anyone in military

    hey guys, i was wondering if there's anyone out there in the special forces community. or have been. army, navy, marines, etc. i my self am wanting to become a seal. but still thinking which road to take. a lot of people tell me stay away from the weights. cause it will slow you way down. what do you all think. could i do a lot of cardio, and weights and be ok. also, if you were in, could you give me a little feed back on what you were in, and how it was. thanks guys kind of at a crossroads of what to do

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    first, im PRETTY positive you cant just enlist as a seal... you have to be enlisted for a certain amount of time first. 2nd, yes, a lot of seals dont look like what most people think they should, all buffed up and such. I was at school with seals and i only remember one being a beast. the rest were smaller than me, but they were in so much better shape and as strong. Run. Swim. Not just cardio. you can do cardio on a stair climber all day but that wont necessarily make you run faster for longer and definatly wont make you able to swim better. learn to swim. im sure you know how to float and you can move your legs and arms to propell yourself, but thats not swimming efficiently. theres a book that im reading now called "total immersion" pick it up, its awsome and teaches you how to swim correctly. id hit the weights and run/swim equal. dont try to get big, but make sure you can run your butt off for a good distance. i dont think it matters what service you come from... if it was me tryin to be a seal...well you know im biased. if it was ME, id join the air force and be either a para rescue or id be a combat controller. those 2 fields are the air force special ops, and you can go straight into them from the beginning. id go combat controller if i wanted to go seals. that way while you are waiting to be eligible to go seals, you are already special ops, you have a lot of experience that most applicants wont have, and you are already in awsome shape. and you shouldnt be stressed like the others because you'll have real life combat stress experience.

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    Actually, you can go directly into the SEALS. When you get recruited, you can choose being a seal as your job. You will go to basic training, and if you qualify for BUDS training there, you'll go straight to BUDS after basic training. If you don't qualify, you're screwed. You'll have to take whatever they give you. Call your cllosest Navy recruiter and he'll give you all the info you need as far as times you need to run, swim a mile in etc.

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    oh, well in that case, get in awsome shape, make sure you can pass the reqs easily, and just enlist in seals.

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    this is long but good read for you if you didnt know..picked up off navy seal website.


    50 meter underwater swim PASS/FAIL
    Underwater knot tying PASS/FAIL
    Drown proofing test PASS/FAIL
    Basic Lifesaving test PASS/FAIL
    1200 meter pool swim with fins 45 min
    1 mile bay swim with fins 50 min
    1 mile ocean swim with fins 50 min
    1 l/2 mile ocean swim with fins 70 min
    2 mile ocean swim with fins 95 min
    Obstacle course 15 min
    4 mile timed run 32 min


    2000 meter conditioning pool swim without fins Completion
    1 1/2 mile night bay swim with fins Completion
    2 mile ocean swim with fins 85 min
    4 mile timed run 32 min
    Obstacle course 13 min


    2 mile ocean swim with fins 80 min
    4 mile timed run (in boots) 31 min
    Obstacle course 10:30
    3 I/2 mile ocean swim with fins Completion
    5 1/2 mile ocean swim with fins Completion


    Obstacle course 10 min
    4 mile timed run (in boots) 30 min
    14 mile run Completion
    2 mile ocean swim with fins 75 min

    Academic standards are required on written tests before graduation from BUD/S are:
    80% or above for officers 70% or above for enlisted


    The following workouts are designed for two categories of people: Category I are those future BUD/S students that have never or have not recently been on a routine PT program. Category II is designed for high school and college athletes that have had a routine PT program. Usually athletes that require a high level of cardiovascular activity are in Category II.

    Swimming, running and wrestling are good examples of such sports.


    RUNNING: The majority of the physical activities you will be required to perform during your six months of training at BUD/S will involve running. The intense amount of running can lead to over stress injuries of the lower extremities in trainees who arrive not physically prepared to handle the activities. Swimming, bicycling, and lifting weights will prepare you for some of the activities at BUD/S, but ONLY running can prepare your lower extremities for the majority of the activities. You should also run in boots to prepare your legs for the everyday running in boots at BUD/S (Boots should be of a light-weight variety i.e. Bates Lights, Hi-Tec, Etc.).

    The goal of the category I student is to work up to 16 miles per week of running. After you have achieved that goal, then and only then should you continue on to the category II goal of 30 miles per week. Let me remind you that category I is a nine week buildup program. Follow the workout as best you can and you will be amazed at the progress you will make.


    WEEKS #1, 2: 2 miles/day, 8:30 pace, M/W/F (6 miles/ week)
    WEEK #3: No running. High risk of stress fractures
    WEEK #4: 3 miles/day, M/W/F (9 miles/wk)
    WEEKS #5, 6: 2/3/4/2 miles, M/Tu/Th/F (11 miles/wk)
    WEEKS #7,8: 4/4/5/3 miles, M/Tu/Th/F (16 miles/ wk)
    WEEK #9: same as #7,8 (16 miles/ wk)

    WEEK #1: 4X15 PUSHUPS
    4X20 SITUPS
    3X3 PULL UPS
    WEEK #2: 5X20 PUSHUPS
    5X20 SITUPS
    3X3 PULL UPS
    WEEK #3,4: 5X25 PUSHUPS
    5X25 SITUPS
    3X4 PULL UPS
    WEEK #5,6: 6X25 PUSHUPS
    6X25 SITUPS
    2X8 PULL UPS
    WEEK #7,8: 6X30 PUSHUPS
    6X30 SITUPS
    2X10 PULL UPS
    WEEK #9: 6X30 PUSHUPS
    6X30 SITUPS
    3X10 PULL UPS

    * Note: For best results, alternate exercises. Do a set of pushups, then a set of situps, followed by a set of pull ups, immediately with no rest.

    (sidestroke with no fins 4-5 days a week)

    WEEKS #1, 2: Swim continuously for 15 min.
    WEEKS #3, 4: Swim continuously for 20 min.
    WEEKS #5, 6: Swim continuously for 25 min.
    WEEKS #7, 8: Swim continuously for 30 min.
    WEEK #9: Swim continuously for 35 min.

    * Note: If you have no access to a pool, ride a bicycle for twice as long as you would swim. If you do have access to a pool, swim every day available. Four to five days a week and 200 meters in one session is your initial workup goal. Also, you want to develop your sidestroke on both the left and the right side. Try to swim 50 meters in one minute or less.


    Category II is a more intense workout designed for those who have been involved with a routine PT schedule or those who have completed the requirements of category I. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS WORKOUT SCHEDULE UNLESS YOU CAN COMPLETE THE WEEK #9 LEVEL OF CATEGORY I WORKOUTS.


    WEEKS #1,2: (3/5/4/5/2)miles 19 miles/week
    WEEKS #3, 4: (4/5/6/4/3) miles 22 miles/week
    WEEK #5: (5/5/6/4/4) miles 24 miles/week
    WEEK #6: (5/6/6/6/4) miles 27 miles/week
    WEEK #7: (6/6/6/6/6) miles 30 miles/week

    * Note: For weeks #8-9 and beyond, it is not necessary to increase the distance of the runs; work on the speed of your 6 mile runs and try to get them down to 7:30 per mile or lower. If you wish to increase the distance of your runs, do it gradually: no more than one mile per day increase for every week beyond week #9.


    WEEK #1, 2: 6X30 PUSHUPS
    6X35 SITUPS
    3X10 PULL UPS
    3X20 DIPS
    WEEK #3, 4: lOX20 PUSHUPS
    10X25 SITUPS
    4X10 PULL UPS
    10X15 DIPS
    WEEK #5: 15X20 PUSHUPS
    15X25 SITUPS
    4X12 PULLUPS
    15X15 DIPS
    WEEK #6: 20X20 PUSHUPS
    20X25 SITUPS
    5X12 PULL UPS
    20X15 DIPS

    These workouts are designed for long-distance muscle endurance. Muscle fatigue will gradually take a longer and longer time to develop doing high repetition workouts. For best results, alternate exercises each set, in order to rest that muscle group for a short time. The below listed workouts are provided for varying your workouts once you have met the Category I and II standards.


    You can do this with any exercise. The object is to slowly build up to a goal, then build back down to the beginning of the workout. For instance, pull ups, situps, pushups, and dips can be alternated as in the above workouts, but this time choose a number to be your goal and build up to that number. Each number counts as a set. Work your way up and down the pyramid. For example, say your goal is "5."

    PULL UPS: 1,2,3,4,5,4,3,2,1
    PUSHUPS: 2,4,6,8,10,8,6,4,2 (2X # pull ups)
    SITUPS: 3,6,9,12,15,12,9,6,3 (3X #pull ups)
    DIPS: same as pushups

    (4-5 days/week)

    WEEKS #1, 2: Swim continuously for 35 min.
    WEEKS #3, 4: Swim continuously for 45 min.with fins.
    WEEK #5: Swim continuously for 60 min. with fins.
    WEEK #6: Swim continuously for 75 min. with fins.

    * Note: At first, to reduce initial stress on your foot muscles when starting with fins, alternate swimming 1000 meters with fins and 1000 meters without them. Your goal should be to swim 50 meters in 45 seconds or less.


    Since Mon/Wed/Fri are devoted to PT, it is wise to devote at least 20 minutes on Tue/Thu/Sat to stretching. You should always stretch for at least 15 minutes before any workout; however, just stretching the previously worked muscles will make you more flexible and less likely to get injured. A good way to start stretching is to start at the top and go to the bottom. Stretch to tightness, not to pain; hold for 10-15 seconds. DO NOT BOUNCE. Stretch every muscle in your body from the neck to the calves, concentrating on your thighs, hamstrings, chest, back, and shoulders.


    Proper nutrition is extremely important now and especially when you arrive at BUD/S. You must make sure you receive the necessary nutrients to obtain maximum performance output during exercise and to promote muscle/tissue growth and repair. The proper diet provides all the nutrients for the body's needs and supplies energy for exercise. It also promotes growth and repair of tissue and regulates the body processes. The best source of complex carbohydrates are potatoes, pasta, rice, fruits, vegetables. These types of foods are your best sources of energy.

    Carbohydrates, protein, and fat are the three energy nutrients. All three can provide energy, but carbohydrate is the preferred source of energy for physical activity. It takes at least 20 hours after exhaustive exercise to completely restore muscle energy, provided 600 grams of carbohydrates are consumed per day. During successive days of heavy training, like you will experience at BUD/S, energy stores prior to each training session become progressively lower. This is a situation in which a high carbohydrate diet can help maintain your energy.

    The majority of carbohydrates should come from complex carbohydrate foods that include bread, crackers, cereal, beans, peas, starchy vegetables, and other whole grain or enriched grain products. Fruits are also loaded with carbohydrates. During training, more than four servings of these food groups should be consumed daily.

    Water intake is vital; stay hydrated. You should be consuming up to four quarts of water daily. Drink water before you get thirsty! ! ! Substances such as alcohol, caffeine and tobacco increase your body's need for water. Too much of these substances will definitely harm your body and hinder your performance. Supplemental intake of vitamins, as well, has not been proven to be beneficial. If you are eating a well balance diet, there is no need to take vitamins.


    Carbohydrates 50-70% of calories
    Protein 10-15% of calories
    Fats 20-30% of calories


    Requirements and procedures for BUD/S training application. Package Requirements:

    1. Meet ASVAB test score requirement
    2. Meet age, EAOS and rating requirement (page 13 may be required)
    3. Pass physical screening test
    4. Pass diving physical

    1. Put in a "Special Request Chit" through your chain of command requesting BUD/S training.
    2. Submit a "Personnel Action Request" (Form 1306/7) to SPECWAR/Diver assignment. Submit the following with your request: a. A certified copy of your ASVAB test scores b. Your physical screening test results c. Pressure and oxygen tolerance test results (if completed) d. Your completed diving physical (Form SF88 - SF93) e. Certified copy of your latest performance evaluation report

    3. Mail your package to:
    SPECWAR/Diver Assignment
    NMPC 401D
    Department of the Navy
    Washington D. C. 20379
    Phone number: Com (703) 614-1091
    DSN 224-1091/92


    1. Pass a diving physical exam

    2. Eye sight cannot be worse than 20/40 in one eye and 20/70 in the other eye and must be correctable to 20/20 with no color blindness

    3. Minimum ASVAB score: VE + AR= 104, MC = 50

    4. Must be 28 years old or less

    5. Only men are eligible

    Physical Screen Test 1. 500 yard swim using breast and/or side stroke in 12:30 Ten minute rest

    2. Perform minimum of 42 pushups in 2 minutes Two minute rest

    3. Perform minimum of 50 situps in 2 minutes Two minute rest

    4. Perform at least 6 pull ups, no time limit Ten minute rest

    5. Run 1.5 miles wearing boots and pants in 11:30

    *As a reminder, there are no maximums on these physical tests. Prospective trainee should provide the best scores possible, i.e., give his best effort.

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    thore is offline Junior Member
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    thank, appreciate it guys

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    Some Fort out there...
    I was in the army, (Airborne Infantry) and was in Iraq with 5th Group, Special Forces. Not that is the route I would go, but as for the seals and just about any special ops soldier they do not look like you think they do most will be smaller than you, but don't let that fool you. but follow your dream and go with it.
    good luck bro

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    I'm in IRAQ right now..

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    follow what you want, i was in the 2nd ranger batt, first batt sent to afgan.. i loved what i did, hated the travel... bc it was never to anything but a hole.. but its still something to be proud of.. enjoy it, dont be a buddy phucker and dont give up

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    celly510 is offline Junior Member
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    if your serious. get into really really good shape. running, pushups, pull ups, sit ups, and swimming.

    im a naval search and rescue swimmer and my training was hard as ****. i think the hardest part about special forces training is not getting any sleep the night before and then having to go bust your ass physically.

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    i like sf because your not (or less) expendible
    your really taught to think of new ways of doing things being responsible
    rather than following orders without thinking

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